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2015-2016

University of Tsukuba

Graduate School of Systems

and Information Engineering

Department of Policy and

Planning Sciences

Department of Risk Engineering

Department of Computer Science

Department of Intelligent

Interaction Technologies

Department of Engineering

Mechanics and Energy

Tsukuba Daigaku Chuo Daigaku Kaikan Mae

Daisan Area Mae (3rd Cluster of Colleges) Daigaku-Byoin Iriguchi Kasuga Campus

NIppori

Ueno

Tabata

Tsukuba

Station

Tsukuba

Station

Hitachinoushiku

Arakawaoki

Tsuchiura

Akihabara

Shinjuku

Hamamatsucho

東京

Tokyo

Bus Bus Migi-Mawari

(Clockwise loop) Hidari-Mawari

On foot On foot Campus Bus

Route

Tsukuba Medical Center

45min.

120min.

40min. 40min. 40min.

65min. 7min. 60min.

Ibaraki

Airport

Narita Airport

Haneda Airport

JR Keihin Tohoku Line JR Joban Line Tokaido Shinkansen Tokyo M onorail JR Yamanote Line JR Sobu Line

Tsuk

uba Expr

ess Line(

TX)

Keisei Line

JR Chuo Line Narita Express

Shinagawa

From Tokyo to Tsukuba Station.

Take Tsukuba Express Line (TX) from Akihabara (the second station from Tokyo Station by JR Yamanote Line) to Tsukuba Station, which is the final stop of the TX Line. Take Exit A3 to street level and locate Bus stop #6.

From Tsukuba Station to Dai-san Area Mae (3rd Cluster of Colleges)

From Bus Stop #6, take a campus bus for “Tsukuba Daigaku Chuo” or a “Migi Mawari” (clockwise loop) bus. Get off at “Daisan Area Mae (3rd Cluster of Colleges). Campus buses run about every 20 minutes, and it takes about 10 minutes to get to the destination.

For more Information, contact Office at:

University of Tsukuba

Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering 1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-8573, Japan Tel:+81-29-853-6246 Fax:+81-29-853-7291

http://www.sie.tsukuba.ac.jp/english/ e-mail: contact@sie.tsukuba.ac.jp Bus Bus Bus Bus Bus Bus Bus 100min.

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University of Tsukuba

Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering 2015-2016

University of Tsukuba

Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering 2015-2016

Graduate School of Systems and

Information Engineering

Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering provides extensive and integrated education and research opportunities in the areas of (1) information systems to support the social infrastructure, (2) engineering systems to usher in a new area of engineering, (3) social systems to see societies from engineering points of view, and the (4) risks that these three systems contain. The Graduate School aims to produce highly qualified researchers and professionals with comprehensive and global perspectives and skills and abilities to contribute to the mankind and the societies in the 21st century by developing (a) individual technical fields to harmonize technological advancements and societal needs; (b) state-of-the-art technologies to achieve a dominant standard by acceptance; and (c) engineering techniques to cope with systems involving uncertainty; and so forth.

An increasing percentage of our undergraduate students proceed to the Graduate School (70 to 80 percent). Being “practical” is strongly requested in our graduate school education that was once research centered. Due to the University's policy that emphasizes graduate level programs, the quota of enrollment in the Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering greatly exceeds that in the colleges of the University.

Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering actively applies for open-type education support programs of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Currently, the following programs are ongoing, and a lot of programs have been accepted so far.

Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering at the University of Tsukuba has a proven track record in leading-edge multidisciplinary research and education that involves "systems," "information," and "society." Engineered systems, being the fruits of scientific and technological advances, are already prevalent in our society. Information technologies cannot be left out when it comes to improving the quality of our lives. Social engineering is indispensable in creating vanguard socio-technical systems.

We accept qualified graduates from universities and technical colleges located in all parts of the world. More than 30 % of our students are from overseas countries. Every year, students with diverse backgrounds enter

our school and enjoy high-quality education together. Our goal and mission are to equip those students with profound knowledge and unsurpassed problem-solving skills, so that they can serve as professionals of high caliber with well-rounded and global vision, inspiring societal progress.

It is our great pleasure to exchange ideas with many distinguished researchers and up-and-coming students here at Tsukuba.

Message from the Provost

MEXT Project for Establishing a Nationwide Practical Education Network for IT Human Resources Development – “Educational Network for Practical Information Technologies (enPiT)” (2012 – 2017)

http://www.cs.tsukuba.ac.jp/enPiT/ (in Japanese)

MEXT Programs for Leading Graduate Schools – “Ph.D. Program in Empowerment Informatics” (2013 – 2020)

http://www.emp.tsukuba.ac.jp/english/

Provost:

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University of Tsukuba

Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering 2015-2016

University of Tsukuba

Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering 2015-2016

1. Research environment

Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering is fully equipped with research facilities including the latest experimental devices that are hard to find in other universities. The School’ s library is one of the largest in national universities and various centers in the country. Also important to note is that Tsukuba Science City can be characterized by its seamless mix of abundant greenery and developed urban functions and amenities. The Tsukuba Express (TX) runs between Tsukuba and Akihabara, Tokyo. It takes only 45 minutes by a rapid train of TX to and from Tokyo, which has accelerated the collaborative research between researchers in Tsukuba and Tokyo areas.

2. Collaboration with other research institutes

Since it is located in the center of Tsukuba Science City, University of Tsukuba is blessed with opportunities to have research collaborations with other institutions in the City. The main institutions include National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, National Institute for Environmental Studies, National Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management, Public Works Research Institute, Building Research Institute, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Moreover, inter-institutional research collaborations are active with such private institutions as Japan Atomic Energy Agency and Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry.

3. Aligned graduate school system

Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering adopts the Graduate School System aligned with the aforementioned research institutes. We invite researchers from the institutes as visiting professors and associate professors, which allows students to have the luxury to carry out hand-in-hand research with the institutes for completing their degrees.

4. Exchanges with foreign researchers

International research collaborations are also active in Tsukuba Science City. Many foreign researchers stay for research purposes, and many international conferences are held, in the City. This serves as golden opportunities for researchers to keep pace with the most advanced trends in scientific research.

5. Acceptance of international students

University of Tsukuba accepts international students (both government-financed and self-financed) from many countries. The number of international students who successfully complete their degrees is increasing. We have the Language Training Center and the individual tutor system for them.

Obtain Master's Degree

Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering Master's Programs

College of Policy and Planning Sciences College of Information Sciences

College of Media Arts, Science and Technology College of Engineering Systems

College of International Studies

Other Colleges at the University of Tsukuba Other Universities

People with Jobs

Graduate Schools of Other Universities Other Graduate Schools at the University of Tsukuba

Obtain Ph. D. Degree

Graduate School of Systems and

Information Engineering Doctoral Programs Career Choice

Career Choice

The Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering comprises five doctoral and master's programs (Policy and Planning Sciences, Risk Engineering, Computer Science, Intelligent Interaction Technologies, and Engineering Mechanics and Energy).

Department of Policy and Planning Sciences

http://www.sk.tsukuba.ac.jp/PPS/en/ Department of Policy and Planning Sciences (PPS) nurtures novel human resources in science and engineering who will be able to envision and innovate better future of societies. The PPS is a new department which is established in April 2014 as a result of reunification of the three graduate programs in Social Systems Management, Social Systems Engineering, and Business Administration and Public Policy. Education at the PPS strategically focuses on enhancing advanced capabilities to design the society through organic integration of essential social aspects of Assets and Resources, Space and Environment, and Organization and Behavior. To back up its solid and common goal, the PPS provides two graduate programs:

Doctoral and Master’ s programs in Policy and Planning Sciences, which cover the knowledge and skills about above 3 social aspects comprehensively.

Master’s program in Service Engineering, which applies the knowledge and skills to service fields.

Department of Risk Engineering http://www.risk.tsukuba.ac.jp/

Department of Risk Engineering provides extensive scientific knowledge and technical methods to elucidate risks in information networks and in large-scale and highly complex systems (Master’ s Program) and produces highly qualified researchers and academic experts (Doctoral Program). The Department consists of four research fields: Total Risk Management; Cyber Risk; Urban Risk; and Environmental and Energy System Risk.

Department of Computer Science

http://www.cs.tsukuba.ac.jp/ The requirements for majoring in computer science involve extensive research and education in areas ranging from the fundamentals of information science to cutting-edge technologies. Research fields include information mathematics and modeling, intelligent software, software systems, computer architecture, media engineering, and intelligent system. "Education" includes practical education through the Educational Network for Practical Information Technologies (enPiT), extending beyond traditional academic fields and geographical regions; one offering is a computer science program taught in English. The "Practical Software Development Program for Advanced IT Students" is a separate Master's Degree Program with its own entrance examination. Applications for both programs may be submitted simultaneously.

Department of Intelligent Interaction Technologies http://www.iit.tsukuba.ac.jp/

With humans, machines, computers, sensing and communications as keywords, the Department of Intelligent Interaction Technologies carries out a series of research ranging from fundamental theoretical works to cutting-edge technologies necessary for constructing the engineering systems as scientific and technological achievements. The areas of research include systems design, human-machine-robot systems, instrumentation and control engineering, and communication systems.

Department of Engineering Mechanics and Energy

http://www.kz.tsukuba.ac.jp/EME/ Department of Engineering Mechanics and Energy covers wide areas of research based on mechanics. Specifically, they include mechanical engineering, architecture, disaster prevention engineering, structural engineering, civil engineering, environmental engineering, aerospace engineering, electrical engineering, reliability engineering, solid mechanics and material science, fluid engineering, and energy and thermal engineering. We deliver research in these areas with much attention and consideration given to the harmonization of human beings, societies, and natural environments and resources.

Programs of the Graduate School of Systems and

Information Engineering

Department of Policy and Planning

Sciences Department of Risk Engineering Department of Computer Science Department of Intelligent Interaction Technologies Department of Engineering Mechanics and Energy

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University of Tsukuba

Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering 2015-2016

University of Tsukuba

Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering 2015-2016

1. Residence

Student housing is available for single and married students. The dormitories accommodate about 4,000 students on campus. Off-campus private apartments are also available for students.

2. The system of financial aid for doctoral students

Since 2009, financial aid has been available, as a general

rule, to all students entering our doctoral programs. It provides a sum equivalent to at least half the full tuition (tuition plus entrance fee) through a combination of the two types of programs described in the table to the right. Visit the Financial Support Programs website for more details: URL:

http://www.sie.tsukuba.ac.jp/admission/scholar/70.html

Yui Satoh

, a first year Master's Degree student majoring in Policy and Planning

Sciences at the Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering

I specialize in accounting engineering and am currently conducting an analysis of the data taken from a survey that targeted physicians and nurses. I am conducting research by applying quantitative methods to actual issues, with the intention of producing suggestions that can improve the management of business enterprises by demonstrating how improving the motivation and satisfaction of employees can make an organization more profitable.

This major involves analyzing and resolving the problems of modern society through engineering. I am affiliated with the academic degree program for service engineering, where I focus on problems and issues that particularly relate to services. We don’ t merely sit in lectures, but participate in classes that involve group work and presentations. We also have many opportunities to communicate not only with other students but also with businesses, since many courses are provided in collaboration with industry. Having the opportunity to learn through hands on experience, both as an individual and as a member of a team, while learning the skills needed to convey ideas clearly, is a characteristic feature of this major. Depending on the activities you choose to engage in while majoring in this program, you will have a chance to develop skills that will be useful in a variety of fields. I encourage you to join us to study "Social Engineering at Tsukuba.”

Daiki Yamoto

, a first year Master's Degree student majoring in Computer

Science at the Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering

The sheer breadth of the research fields covered is a striking feature of the major in computer science. Many people imagine that computer science is all about software but in reality, it covers a wide range of subjects, from fundamental to cutting-edge technologies relating to computers. The Electronic Circuit Laboratory that I am affiliated with conducts research on theories that are fundamental to the design of analog filtering circuitry, which provides critical components for radio equipment, such as mobile phones.

Students are allowed to choose lectures without many restrictions, as long as they are offered by the Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering. All of these classes earn credits required for graduation, even if they are a part of the programs for other majors. Outside my own major, I am taking a number of courses designed for intelligent interaction technologies majors. Although I don’ t really need these academic credits to complete my graduate course, I see this experience as a precious opportunity to broaden my knowledge and become aware of the links between my own research field and other fields.

The focus of research can vary significantly, even among friends majoring in the same field; this provides many stimulating experiences. I would highly recommend this major to students hoping to explore new perspectives and broaden their experience.

Student life: the views of current students

Campus Life

Financial aid available at the Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering

Programs that waive tuition and other student payments

Research assistantships (RAs)—

these enable students to earn money by working as research assistants

Given below is only the summary of information on admission and completion of degrees. For further details, please do any of the following: visit the website, inquire at the Division of Graduate Academic Affairs (sysinfo.kyomu@sie. tsukuba.ac.jp), and/or contact the Chair(s) of each department/program at the following addresses.

1. Basic Policy for Selection

There are two kinds of entrance examination: (1) Admission based on recommendation, and (2) Admission based on examination. We make selections multiple times per year, each tailored to the type of admission. Applicants' qualifications will be assessed on the basis of official academic transcripts, official score certificates of either TOEFL or TOEIC, and oral examinations. Please refer to the application guide for more detailed information.

The written examination may or may not be required, depending on the department or the type of entrance examination mentioned above. For information about past written examinations, please visit at: http://www.sie.tsukuba.ac.jp/english/admission

For an enrollment quota of each department, please refer to the application guide or visit the department’ s website.

2. Related schedules

The entrance exam is offered several times each year at the Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering. It is now possible to apply online, through the web application system. Please visit the website at http://www.sie.tsukuba.ac.jp/admission/ for details on the entrance examination.

Applying through the online application system provides peace of mind, since a set of complete and error-free application documents is generated once all details have been entered into the system. When the application documents are completed on the website, the system automatically issues an examination admission ticket. There is no need to wait for an examination admission ticket.

Skype is used for the oral examinations of prospective students overseas, eliminating the need for overseas applicants to travel to Japan for the exam.

Admission and Completion of Degrees

Department of Policy and Planning Sciences Department of Risk Engineering

Department of Computer Science

Department of Intelligent Interaction Technologies Department of Engineering Mechanics and Energy

(1) Recommendation based admission:  Conducted in July. (2) General admission:  Conducted in August and February. (3) Special selection for the admission of working individuals:

 Conducted in August and February.

(1) Internal advancement programs:  Conducted in July. (2) General admission:  Conducted in August and February. (3) Special selection for the admission of working individuals:

 Conducted in August and February*.

(4) Special selection for the admission of those living overseas students:

 Conducted from January to February

* The examinations for students wishing to major in Risk Engineering are held on Saturdays at the Tokyo Campus.

Master's degree programs

Doctoral degree programs

The online application system makes the process easier and less stressful:

entexam_pps@sk.tsukuba.ac.jp entexam@risk.tsukuba.ac.jp exam@cs.tsukuba.ac.jp entexam@iit.tsukuba.ac.jp entexam@kz.tsukuba.ac.jp

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Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering 2015-2016

University of Tsukuba

Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering 2015-2016

3. One-Year Doctoral Program for Working Individuals

(1) Purpose

This program is intended for people who are already working and have acquired through their professional careers some relevant research achievements and skills. Doctoral degree programs ordinarily take three years as a standard term of study, but this program enables students to "complete the doctoral degree program in one year or less.” It has been specifically designed by the university to help working individuals to earn a doctoral degree. Students participating in this program receive guidance from instructors on writing their theses, which are based on research achievements and experiences gained while working in society.

This program features an "achievement evaluation system," which evaluates and assesses the achievements of each student by establishing seven goals that the student needs to achieve in order to complete the program. The quality of the academic degrees conferred is assured through a mechanism that enables external entities to evaluate the overall program.

For additional details, please see the website, at http://www.souki.tsukuba.ac.jp/.

(2) Educational Process

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Achievements through

Lectures and Lab Practices Achievements through Course Work [Evaluation at the time of Admission (1st Stage)]

Technical Knowledge Past Academic Performance

[Evaluation in four months after Entering the Program (2nd Stage)]

Breadth of Perspectives Potential Abilities to meet or exceed Global Standards Academic PerformanceAccumulation of

[Evaluation in eight months after Entering the Program (3rd Stage)] Breadth of Knowledge Accumulation of Academic Performance and Qualification for Ph.D. Candidacy

Dissertation Defense

Abilities to conduct research with seminal creativity Achievement Evaluation System

At the time of admission, students in the One-Year Doctoral Program are evaluated in terms of the levels of technical knowledge and skills, knowledge of real-world problems to which to apply the expertise, potential abilities to find solutions to the problems, presentation skills to express their thoughts and ideas, and past academic performance (1st Stage Evaluation). Additionally, in the first four months after entering the Program, the students evaluate themselves and are evaluated by the faculty members as to whether they possess or have acquired skills to look at the problems from broader perspectives and have potential abilities to conduct research that meets or exceeds international standards (2nd Stage Evaluation). The subjective and objective ratings are made again in eight months of the first year in terms of the levels of their understandings about basic knowledge in the fields, their expertise and abilities to perform original scholarship, and their overall qualification for Ph.D.candidacy (3rd Stage Evaluation). The figure below is a visualization of the Achievement Evaluation System.

Presentation Skills Knowledge of Real-

World Problems Problem Solving Abilities

In addition to the face-to-face seminars and lectures, we offer students virtual Dual Campus by connecting campuses in Tsukuba and Tokyo via the use of technologies integrated for the purposes of e-learining and video conferences.

Intensive courses are offered all day (Monday through Friday) and daytime on Saturdays at Tsukuba Campus.

Education and research guidance is provided by Advisory Group consisting of multiple faculty members.

Yu Kabutoya

(Service & Solutions Development Department, NTT DOCOMO, INC.)

Academic degree acquired (Ph.D. in Engineering) in March 2013 by

completing the program of study for the major in Computer Science

I was given the chance to undertake this program of study through a briefing session at work. I recall that the program impressed me as an unparalleled opportunity for people who were already working.

It was, however, difficult to continue with my day job while compiling my doctoral thesis. Professor Kitagawa, who was my instructor, really understood the challenges facing doctoral candidates in the work force, and provided generous support, which enabled me to acquire the degree.

Looking back at the experience, I believe that this program is the best option available for people in the work force who wish to acquire a doctoral degree. First, the burden on the student is far less (both in terms of the time and financial commitment required) than the case in an ordinary three-year academic doctoral degree program. The opportunity to build a network of colleagues in the laboratory is another advantage of obtaining a doctoral degree through hands on study, rather than by writing a doctoral dissertation.

I left my research work and am currently involved with development, but the research skills I learned while acquiring my degree (in particular, the analysis and presentation skills) are quite useful for my development work as well. I strongly recommend this program to anyone who is involved in engineering work, since this program allows students to acquire essential engineering skills while obtaining an advanced degree.

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(c)

(d)

The views of a student who recently completed the accelerated

degree program

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Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering 2015-2016

University of Tsukuba

Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering 2015-2016

4. Degrees

Doctoral degrees are granted for regular students who have been in the Doctoral Program for a minimum of three years and who successfully defend their theses. For those students in the One-Year Program who successfully meet the standard of the Program, the degrees are granted in a year.

Master’ s degrees are granted for students who have been in a master’ s program for a minimum of two years and who successfully meet the program’ s requirements stated in the University of Tsukuba’ s Guidelines for the Award of Degrees.

Specific degrees granted by the Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering are as follows:

2012 6 2 5 0 1 25 17 56 2013 12 4 3 0 0 23 16 58 Graduation

Year EnterprisesBusiness EducationalInstitutions OrganizationsIndependent Public Sectors Higher Stage of Education

Returning to one's Company or

Country Others Total 2012 365 1 1 15 388 13 42 475 2013 351 1 3 6 34 16 44 455

Working Careers in

Graduation

Year EnterprisesBusiness EducationalInstitutions OrganizationsIndependent Public Sectors

Returning to one's Company or

Country Others Total Working Careers in

Careers taken by those who graduated with master's degrees in 2012 and 2013

Careers taken by those who graduated with doctoral degrees in 2012 and 2013

Researchers

5. Career Choice

Department of Policy and Planning Sciences

Ph.D. in Policy and Planning Sciences

Master of Science in Policy and Planning Sciences Master of Engineering in Service Science

Ph.D. in Policy and Planning Sciences Ph.D. in Engineering

Master of Science in Policy and Planning Sciences Master of Engineering Ph.D. in Engineering Master of Engineering Ph.D. in Engineering Master of Engineering Ph.D. in Engineering Master of Engineering Department of Risk Engineering

Department of Computer Science

Department of Intelligent Interaction Technologies

Department of Engineering Mechanics and Energy

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